Gov. Scott Walker, already backing down from his campaign pledge to create 250,000 jobs, is going to have a rough time explaining this one: one-in-five jobs he is touting on a state jobs website are not even located in Wisconsin.
More than 32,000 job openings were posted on the Job Center of Wisconsin’s website as of Tuesday, but about 18 percent of them were in Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa and Michigan. It was unclear how many of those roughly 6,000 jobs could be filled through telecommuting, though many appeared to require on-site work.
Walker ran on a promise to add 250,000 private sector jobs in the state by 2015, and the Republican repeatedly referenced the website — the state’s official jobs site — in his radio address last week as a place for Wisconsin’s unemployed to find jobs and quickly connect with employers.